Season 23 Episode 1

I Need Redemption

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 14, 2011 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Ozzy is the first contestant in "Survivor" history to return to play a third time without ever competing in either "Survivor: All-Stars" or "Heroes vs. Villiains"l

    • This season's cast features the return of "Coach" and Ozzy. This is both their third time on the show.

    • Brandon Hantz, who is the nephew of Russell Hantz, is the first ever blood relative of a previous contestant to play the game. Russell was a contestant on "Samoa", "Heroes vs. Villains", and "Redemption Island".

    • "Survivor: South Pacific" was filmed in Samoa, making it the third time the show has filmed there. This is the first time that a location has been used more than twice. The tribe names, Upolu and Savaii, are named after the two biggest islands in Samoa. It was reported that this season was originally going to be filmed in Tonga (an island nearby Samoa), but plans had to change after some production delays.

    • This season marks the sixth time that previous contestants have returned to play the game after "All-Stars", "Guatemala", "Fans vs. Favorites", "Heroes vs. Villains" and "Redemption Island".

    • This season was titled "Survivor: South Pacific". The season premiere episode was 1 hour and 30 minutes long.

  • Quotes

    • Brandon: I don't want to be judged by my uncle's reputation.

    • John: You know, I'm not the strongest guy but I think I have enough of a social game to overcome any deficits I have.

    • Christine: (referring to the Hidden Immunity Idol) I don't think I need it but it's nice to have it in your back pocket.

    • John: If this is the 90210 tribe, I'm definitely one of the zeroes.

    • Christine: (referring to Ozzy and Coach) They are temporary players.

    • Brandon: I am Russell Hantz's nephew. It's like being related to Hitler but I don't think Hitler's nephew was running around saying "Hey, I'm Hitler's nephew!". I came out here to change the course of the Hantz family name.

    • John: I'm, by far, the most Survivor savvy player ever to play the game. I've never missed a single episode. At law school, I wrote a prize winning essay on Survivor.

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